The 2022-23 Annual Report is where we record both the policy developments we made during 2022-23 and our day-to-day work regulating barristers and specialised legal services businesses in England and Wales in the public interest. This year’s report covers the first year of the Strategic Plan for 2022-25.

2022-23 was a year in which the effects of the pandemic were felt in many aspects of the BSB’s work. The Annual Report describes a year in which the Board targeted improving the timeliness of the BSB’s operational work, without sacrificing quality. In order to do so, the BSB significantly re-prioritised its work in 2022/23 to focus on the regulatory operations which form the core of our work and to enable our front-line teams to increase their productivity and responsiveness. The latter part of the year saw a significant increase in the timeliness of our regulatory decision-making - 119 investigations were closed in the second half of the year compared to 60 in the first half. The Board is determined to ensure that performance continues to improve, and this will remain the BSB’s highest priority in 2023-24.